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Fiona, the black-eyed argente hamster that MK picked out for her birthday, has a habit of using her teeth to explore objects left too close to her cage. At the start of the month she tried to use my index finger as a nibbling stick, and just a few days ago she caught me by surprise during a conversation with MK.

I was standing in the entrance to her room as we were chatting, leaning against the doorframe with my right hand resting over my left elbow. While it felt like I was standing a fair distance away from Fiona, that wasn't actually the case. Fiona reached between the bars, grabbed one of my fingers in her incisors, and pulled me over to her cage. To describe the scene using an analogy, imagine Jaws dragging swimmers into the open sea - never to be heard from again. Alright, that is a moderate exaggeration, but she did get enough purchase to break the skin and make me bleed from the top and bottom of my finger.

I'm taking care of Fiona while MK is home for the winter break; depending on how things go I may only have eight or nine fingers when she gets back.


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Dec. 18th, 2006 04:06 am (UTC)
She's been asleep for the entire day, but it's getting late so she might wake up soon. Maybe your baby will like me more once she sees me giving her food every day? Thanks for being such a wonderful doctor ... you helping with the band-aids is really sweet.
Dec. 18th, 2006 10:37 pm (UTC)
If it were me, this hamster would already be in the "casserole" :)
Dec. 19th, 2006 10:43 pm (UTC)
While that would normally be pretty funny, MK's hamster died of mysterious causes (diabetes?) yesterday afternoon. Talk about bad timing. =\
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Dec. 19th, 2006 10:39 pm (UTC)
I wish it were still true as well ...
Now the apartment feels even emptier than it did before.
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Dec. 21st, 2006 09:25 am (UTC)
Hemingway has been making a lot of noise tonight. I can see him on top of the toilet paper rolls in his container. I wonder what he's doing up there?
Would you like me to wake you up in the mornings? It probably wouldn't feel the same, but on the other hand you could get away with hitting me ...
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